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Comedy Central
Dec 11, 2012 11:30pm PST
boehner struck back with his plan to cut spending by demanding obama come up with boehner's plan to cut spending. (laughter) >> a lot of people know that the president and i met on sunday it was a nice meeting, it was cordial but we're still waiting for the white house to identify what spending cuts the president is willing to make, where are the presidents spending cuts? >> stephen: now critics say the speaker is just asking democrats to put specifics in into the republican proposal but i say that's kind of fun. it makes the budget into a giant mad-lib. for instance, we agree to cut ten be zillion from the program that gives ukuleles to the sticky poor. toilet boom! (cheers and applause) we will have more on this story -- if i have to. (laughter) nation, there's a danger lurking around every corner. that's why i say we must start making all of our buildings round. (laughter) this is the threat down. (cheers and applause) first up, folks, i always keep watch on our international enemies, especially north korea. and their dear leader kim jong-un. in my book he is public enemy number un.
FOX News
Dec 5, 2012 5:00pm PST
and the democrats have been the fact that obama wants to let the bush tax cuts expire for the wealthy and the in terms of spending cuts, the production republicans have just as of yesterday did a counter offer but nothing specific. there wasn't nothing to talk about in terms of cuts. >> bill: lack of specificity on what should be cut has drained the discussion into a simple let's raise taxes on the wealthy. >> yeah. there are no cuts to cover. >> bill: i don't know why kristen diane sawyer wants to raise her own taxes, do you know? >> i think there is truth in what kirsten was saying as far as it's much simpler to continue this same debate we had through the entire campaign to move on to that you subject. >> if you say you wanted to cut the department of energy or the department of education people's eyes glaze over. but it does seem to me, kristen, that there is among the network newscast there is kind of like, yeah, let's raise the taxes on the wealthy, that would be a good thing. that does seem to me that's there. >> unfortunate narrative that's been peddled it's not true but it's
FOX News
Dec 12, 2012 3:00pm PST
to also have spenning cuts. that is where obama is running out the clock. as nina indicated prominent democrats are saying we won't move on major issues on any entitlement reform. you get the president offered about half a trillion in cuts, over ten years. this is a government that is going to spen over the decade about $45 trillion. it has $16 trillion in debt an offering half a trillion in cuts. not serious. and unless obama moves on that nothing will happen. we are going over niagara falls. >> chris: i won't be here tomorrow. bret thankfully will be back but my guess is he will ask about the tortoise race and what is ahead by a neck. >> chris: neck and neck right now. >> chris: that is it for panel. but stay tuned for look at unusual christmas doings at the white house. let's give thanks - for an idea. a grand idea called america. the idea that if you work hard, if you have a dream, if you work with your neighbors... you can do most anything. this led to other ideas like lerty and rock 'n' roll. to free markets, free enterprise, and free refills. it put a man on the moon and a phon
FOX News
Dec 4, 2012 4:00pm PST
. well, 28 days to go until tax cuts expire for most americans if president obama and congress can't cut a deal to keep us from going off the fiscal cliff. the president says the latest republic offer is out of balance because it extends tax cuts on income of above $250,000. g.o.p. leaders claim they can raise revenue without raising rates by closing loopholes and limiting deductions. but the white house says it's about the rates. ed henry is at the white house tonight. the president claims the republic math does not add up. >> that's right, shep. he met with the nation's governors today. he said behind closed doors that there is a lot at stake not just for the national economy but state by state. some of their budgets could take a major hit if, in fact, the nation goes off the so-called fiscal cliff. his spokesman jay carney was even tougher in going after speaker john boehner's latest proposal in saying it simply doesn't add up. >> we don't know who pays. we don't know what we're talking about in terms of actual legislation to increase revenues. it's magic beans and fairy dust. >> the
FOX News
Dec 5, 2012 6:00pm PST
to get worse under obama. republicans are totally over the barrel because all tax cuts, bush tax cuts expire unless they agree to what is being portrayed as tax cuts for the rich. >> sean: boom. >> of course, let me finish the three points. it's not the rich. it's people who are currently engaged in making money or tax breaks as they say. for the rich i'd be more in favor of tax hikes on the rich. that's warren buffett and john kerry and diane feinstein. this is a tax on people desperately trying to become rich but the truly wish don't want them to. finally, the most important point is in two years we've got to take back the senate. >> sean: i don't want to talk about the election. >> the republicans need to concentrate on making sure this economy gets blamed on obama. there are things they can do like propose tax cuts or rather tax hikes for the truly rich, ie, warren buffett. no more state and low tax deductions. cut out that hollywood foin accounting. let's go after the 1% of the 1%. forget the 1% of income earners. >> sean: there's a lot of good ideas there. >> thank you. >> sean:
FOX News
Dec 5, 2012 9:00pm PST
republicans for the last two years hasn't passed it. >> sean: how about extending the bush tax cuts for everybody? then if the fiscal cliff is hit, then the persons that will be hit are president obama and harry reid. >> every single house republican needs to be involved in communication. if they passed a bill that extended the tax cuts for everybody and every single one of them went on local tv and local radio and said we have now passed a middle class tax extension, all the president has to do is sign it, you would have a totally different debate going on the next day. >> sean: this is what i feel is missing. the discussion, and as best i could, i'm trying to explain it, about conservative prime princi, about what's al at stake, and ai hear is or i sense a fear they don't want to go over the cliff and i sense a fear on the pr front and just even the president with the whole language of the debate seems like a defeat to me. >> i don't understand why they haven't said from day one this is the path to a balanced budget that has to involve entitlement reform and spending reform. i wen
FOX News
Dec 12, 2012 4:00pm PST
's according to a news pal. 51% say president obama and congress will cut a deal to prevent automatic tax hikes and spending cuts. john boehner says he still has serious differences with the president after they exchanged new counteroffers apparently and talked on the phone last night. now some house republicans are vowing to work through the holidays to get the deal done. ed henry is live at the white house. that's a motivator i suppose, lose your christmas. >> normally when there is a holiday like that, you're right. this forces them to come to the table. right now they are still pretty far apart. there was a phone call you last night between the president and the speaker. officials on both sides telling me tonight the call was pretty tense because the bottom line is they are still not finding common ground. you listen to the speaker today, jay carney from the white house podium, they're still saying that they're farther apart on both spending cuts and tax increases. take a listen. >> mainly tax hikes. and as planned is it not begin to solve our debt crisis. it actually increases spending. >>
FOX News
Dec 11, 2012 1:00am PST
's fairly aapparent that barack obama has put no meaningful cuts, spending cuts on the table. anybody who pays attention knows that. the president does not want a cut. he wants the big government. he wants to spend. in fact, he wants 500 million more to throw into some stimulus that hasn't worked the first two times he tried it. why do the american people say it's the g.o.p.'s fault when the president obviously isn't giving anything at all up? >> well, bill you know that and i know that in part because we watch fox news, and fox news reports it that way which is the straight forward way to report it. you can find that out from the other media, but you have to read it carefully because it's not apparent. all the conversation, all the discussion, all the news that's made in this whole discussion since the end of the election has been about what? it's been about tax rates on the rich. >> bill: right. >> that's been the whole story. the fact that the president hasn't come forward with anything meaningful on the spending side, especially on the entitlement side, it's possible to find it but it
FOX News
Dec 10, 2012 4:00pm PST
says president obama believes he can cut a deal with house republicans to keep from all going over the fiscal cliff. the president is refusing to compromise on letting tax cuts expire on incomes of more than $250,000 a year. g.o.p. leaders are calling that a job killer and a deal breaker. of course, if we fall off the fiscal cliff, we'll all die, right? actually, taxes will go up for pretty much everybody and automatic spending cuts kick in on knew year's day. the president and the house speaker met face-to-face just yesterday for the first time since the election, but are they talking about it? no. today an aide said the speaker is willing and still waiting for counteroffer from the president. ed henry is live at the white house. i don't know, ed. a meeting happens and nobody says anything. this could be seen as something more good than bad. >> reporter: exactly. because they didn't come out of the meeting beating each other up and saying i'm never going to sign a deal with the other guy. the fact that they're keeping this quiet, hush hush for now in terms of the details of what t
CBS
Dec 6, 2012 5:00pm PST
spending cuts on the middle class. from a home in virginia president obama sat with a middle class family he says will be hit hard if congress doesn't extend middle class tax cuts. >> for them to be burden unthis isly because democrats and republicans aren't coming together to solve this problem gives you a sense of the costs involved in very personal terms. >> republicans are standing behind their counter-offer to close tax loopholes and limit some deductions. they say the president needs to deliver a new plan they can agree on before the january 1 deadline. >>> stocks inched up as investors kept and eye on washington. the dow was up around 40, nasdaq up 16, s&p saw a 5 point increase. >>> the dungeness crab season has hit a snag. local crabbers are refusing to fish for the northern california delicacy after a new price fight with the wholesalers. the cbs 5 reporter anne makovec shows us the solidarity on the docks is being tested. >> strike last year this boat. >> right. >> well, you got go fishing. nobody is making money. >> you got go fishing. >> reporter: tensions are high on pier 45
FOX
Dec 11, 2012 7:00am PST
not be subject to cuts. in the past 48 hours since president obama and john boehner met face to face, no details on the discussions have -- have been released. the president said he's willing to compromise but maintains his stance on tax increases for the wealthy. >> we ask the wealthiest americans to pay 2%. i won't comhe promice on -- compromise on that >> reporter: and then an official came on tv and said they could save money by making tax cuts to the food stamp program. >>> aig is selling off most of its profit and the government will end up with a profit of $22 billion, to many people's surprise. aig was rescued in 2008 just before it had to file for bankruptcy. now aig executives say the company may be able to pay a dividends to the shareholders by next summer. >>> we're learning about an up expected new fee that's part of the reforms. it's a temporary $63 per person fee designed to help pay for people with preexisting conditions. it will hit health plans affecting 9 0 million americans. the -- 90 million americans. the fee will start in 2014. it will last about three years. most of that
FOX Business
Dec 5, 2012 9:00pm EST
million in so many things. if we got the fiscal cliff. gerri: withhe dense cuts come if we do over the cliff, it will cost $100 million or over that? >> 137 million. gerri: would this put you into the red? >> it certainly could. we are still looking at obama's health care plan and what it will do to the sta budget. the federal strings are tied. i asked the president about this. the federal funds that come down to the state as you may cuts -- we can still have the strength attached to it. it doesn't give leeway to meet your unique circumstances in our state. we are all different. different budgets,ifferent employment rates, different constitutions, different laws. different styles of living and means within our budget. give us some flexibility. gerri: i expect you to be a little bit more upbeat about the fiscal cliff, but i have to tell you, you sound like a lot of people in washington today. concerns over whether these leaders can get together and find common ground and resolve this issue. it would be meaningful to stay like yours. governor, thank you so much for coming on. >> tha
FOX News
Dec 10, 2012 3:00am PST
right. 19 minutes after the top of the hour. moving on, president obama's offer on the fiscal cliff cuts billions in defense spending. colonel oliver north says that will lead to disaster. he is here next. and tony hawk is here to show us a few new tricks, including one for all those parents out there whose kids will think are cool. i don't know if i'd do it in the rain, but he can. he's a prompt but olympic gabby douglas is here. a huge show! i think shaq in the house, too. music is a universal language. but when i was in an accident... i was worried the health care system spoke a language all its own with unitedhealthcare, i got help that fit my life. information on my phone. connection to doctors who get where i'm from. and tools to estimate what my care may cost. so i never missed a beat. we're more than 78,000 people looking out for more than 70 million americans. that's health in numbers. unitedhealthcare. >> gretchen: 23 minutes after the top of the hour. james holmes expected to appear in court today. this will be the first time we look at him since he was taken to the hospital f
FOX News
Dec 10, 2012 6:00am EST
and the white house backed military cuts and the new fiscal cliff counteroffer to president obama is hinting at billions more. $500 billion over the next ten years! in addition to the stuff they already cut. joining us now it expand this fox news contributor and author of "heros proved," colonel oliver north. he says this could be an unmitigated disaster for national security. as you travel around in the bus on the book tour, this has got to be bothering you more than anything else. this is your legacy. these are the people that you've covered and this is how prepared we are for a future conflict. >> just over the weekend we saw the rescue of an american doctor from colorado in afghanistan by a u.s. navy raid seal team. right? same guys i was with just a few weeks ago out in afghanistan working with afghan troops. what you're about to see in this sequester are cuts that will make those operations impossible. benghazi. people were talking why didn't they react to benghazi? because there was no marine expedition in the area. that will become commonplace with sequester. one more carrier battle
KRON
Dec 8, 2012 7:00am PST
are back. president obama is continuing to push for his middle class tax cut plan. in his weekly me the address, obama accuses house republicans of blocking a bill that would prevent a tax increase on the middle class. the democratic controlled senate has approved a plan. o obamas as a house bill lores rates for the wealthiest americans, instead of raising them as he has proposed. >> this is the only way to put our economy without asking more. this is the only plan that i am willing to sign. >> for the gop, florida senator marco rubio says tax increases will not solve the nation's 16 trillion dollar debt. he says the only way to do that is through economic growth and reform of entitlement programs. rubio says that limited government can help restore the middle class. >> be extra careful of side due to the fog. this is a view from our mt. tam and there is fog in the midst of clouds. it is partly cloudy. it is mostly sunny conditions for the afternoon. clear skies are expected for the afternoon. it take a look at the yellow on your spring this is where the dense fog advisory has been
FOX News
Dec 11, 2012 3:00am PST
says that. >> eric: president obama offered zero credible spending cuts. zero. he said, we'll defer spending cuts ten, 20 years down the road if we get the tax increases in the meantime. i think it's time -- brit hume had an idea that it may look like the republicans are going to be the problem if we go off the fiscal cliff. i'm going to tend to disagree with what he's going to say. take a listen. >> the american people say it's the gop's fault when the president obviously isn't giving anything at all up. >> well, bill, you know that and i know that in part because we watch fox news and fox news reports it that way, which is the straightforward way to report it. you can find that out from reading other media, but you have to read it carefully because it's not apparent. all the conversation, all the discussion, all the news that's made in this whole discussion since the end of the election has been about what? it's been about tax rates on the rich. >> right. >> that has been the whole story. >> steve: it should be about spending. there are polls that show 60% of americans say go ah
CNN
Dec 11, 2012 4:00am PST
pressure might grow so heavy, that whatever mix of tax increases and tax cuts and spending that he wishes, headline is obama must learn to negotiate. do you think that's true? that basically if you get closer and closer to the deadline, that the president can do whatever he wants? he holds the cards. >> i don't think that's true. the president has never waivered from what he said from when the republicans first brought us to the cliff. the first debate for the debt ceiling. he wants a plan big, bold, balanced. we were ready to sign on the dotted line a year ago. the problem was, it was a mix of spending cuts and tax increases on the wealthy and the republicans wouldn't gettive us a nickel of tax increases on the wealthy. the president in a much stronger position. he campaigned relentlessly on the notion to ask the wealthiest to pay more. is he in a better place. at the end of the day, we understand there has to be a compromise. i think the $250,000 figure is too low. i'm not willing to tell all of my constituents that earn below $250,000 that their taxes are going to go up, because i held
FOX News
Dec 7, 2012 8:00am PST
at the earliest. >> reporter: let's go back to the tax cuts you're talking about. president obama wants to raise revenue by taxing those making $250,000 or more a year. it rises from 33% and 35% today to 36% and 39.6%, i believe. but that would only generate about 85 billion a year. according to the treasury department, the federal government spends that amount every eight 1/2 days. do you think that the point is purely political for the president since that's what he campaigned on? >> that is what speaker john boehner said, is that washington has a spending problem, not a tax problem. but speaker john boehner has a political problem in that their party's guy lost the election. there is no doubt about it that the math on both sides, they are far apart. and if you add up all the revenue that will only last of eight days of funding the federal government. but there has to be compromise. republicans will have to give some ground on taxes, whether it's 800 billion, or 1.6 trillion, maybe 1.2 trillion or in that range. of course whatever deal they reach they have to get the votes for, and that's just
FOX News
Dec 8, 2012 11:00am PST
's looming tax hikes and spending cuts commonly known as the fiscal cliff. despite a call between president obama and john boehner, the two sides appear to be no closer to a compromise. are republicans working on the scenes on a plan b? wall street journal columnist, dan henninger and kim strassel. you have bean working the phones, is there something going on between speaker boehner and the president? >> no, i think that they are nowhere and it's because the president is refusing to budge at all on the top toks ratestopx rates and we'll go off the cliff if the republicans don't acreed to that demand. so we're still at a stand still. >> paul: kim, why is the president so insistent on increasing tax rates? boehner has already put on the table a comparable amount of money to be gained from putting a cap on deductions, about 800 billion over ten years, so such a-- >> look, paul, two reasons. first is ideological. his partisans, his liberal base believe this is somehow a symbol of winning the tax fight and you can only do that by raising the rates on the wealthy in the country and they're insist
ABC
Dec 11, 2012 1:40am PST
to a deal to head off huge tax increases and deep spending cuts at the start of next year. president obama and house speaker john boehner are keeping tight lipped about their closed door weekend talks. but in michigan monday, the president had a warning about going over this now infamous fiscal cliff. >> consumer spending is going to go down. that means you've got less customers. businesses get fewer profits. they hire fewer workers. you go in a downward spiral. >> speaker boehner says he's still waiting for the president to identify spending cuts that he's willing to make to help deal with the nation's debt crisis. >>> thousands of demonstrators are expected to gather at the michigan state capital today in protest of a right-to-work measure. the legislation would bar unions from requiring non-union workers to pay those union fees. democrats met with the governor to urge a veto. and carollers gathered singing modified christmas songs in protest of the proposal. president obama said the legislation is about giving workers the right to work for less money. of course, the president enjoying a
CSPAN
Dec 12, 2012 10:00am EST
if republicans say yes to extending middle class tax cuts, president obama moved ahead following threw on a campaign promise to help with student loan program thesms pay as you earn program, starting next friday, will accept applications and cap repayment at 10% of discretionary income. mr. courtney: an individual with $26,000 in income and $36,000 in debt will see their payments drop from $166 a month to $126 a month. you can apply for this online or contact your move congress. let's get away from this fiscal cliff. con garagelations to the president for following through with young americans to make sure they get money to pay for college. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlelady from illinois seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. mrs. schmidt: i rise to highlight -- ms. schakowsky: the production tax credit is essential for energy independence, the environment and public health and it is critical for job creation and our economy. the production tax credit has helpe
FOX News
Dec 11, 2012 2:00am PST
uncertainty if the white house fail to take action to avert the fiscal crisis or the cliff. president obama tock his message on the road speaking to auto workers to talk about the plan to cut taxes that will go into effect on january 1st if congress fails to act. >> what you need is a package that keeps taxes where they are for middle class families. we make some tough spending cuts on things that we don't need and then we ask the wealthiest americans to pay a slightly higher tax break. >> the president met privately with house speaker john boehner to discuss the matter. in a statement to fox business about that meeting speaker boehner's spokesman said discussions with the white house are taking place but we have no detail to share about the conversations. the republican offer made last week remains a republican offer. we continue to wait for the president to identify the spending cuts he has as part of the balanced approach he promised the american people. if they are going to reach a deal, there is still a lot of work to be done and very little time to do it. experts say a blue print deal
FOX News
Dec 5, 2012 10:00am PST
on president obama to take bold action on the controversial issue of global warming. welcome to "america live", i am megyn kelly. the nrdc has issued a groundbreaking proposal to cut pollution in america's power plants, saying that the epa can and should be used. rules for hundreds of existing power plants, bypassing congress altogether. this kind of proposal would obviously have huge economic impact that could spread across the industry that employ hundreds of thousands of americans. the coal industry. chris stirewalt is our digital politics editor and host of power play. this group has emitted this proposal and wants the epa to take control of these admissions in a way that president obama could not get through congress. he submitted his cap and trade proposal when the democrats controlled the house and senate. nancy pelosi got passed in the house. now this group is going to the epa in saying that you just do it, crack down on these admissions yourself. the supreme court has said that you have this power. go for it. the eta said no, for now. reporter: the epa probably wishes that the group
CSPAN
Dec 7, 2012 2:00pm EST
should have taken up and passed some of president obama's java job initiatives and middle income tax cuts. having held of those initiatives, speaker boehner said, democrats are for walking the economy to the fiscal cliff, yet this is the same leadership that have the house in session barely a day this week. we have had the election. the president was clear in the campaign that he was advocating for the middle-income tax cuts, a tax cut which gives 100% of taxpayers a tax break, but it also asks the upper 2% pay their fair share. since the election, we have had time to come up with a credible specific plan. what they offered in return was and letter, lacking specifics. this is a lack of agreement in the the public in caucus on the position of the middle-income tax cuts. not even senator mcconnell and dorsey house republicans' proposal. we can bring middle-income tax breaks up to a vote to give 100% of americans tax relief. the senate has passed the bill. the president has signed it. we have had a discharge petition to bring it to the floor. the only obstacle is the republicans on willingne
ABC
Dec 5, 2012 12:00am PST
for a reason, not just to get my hair cut. but i wanted to ask you guys some political questions. barack obama is winning the african-american vote by a margin of 94% to 3%. >> no kidding. >> jimmy: okay? so, the question i want to ask you is, what do you think mitt romney can do to get more of the black vote? >> turn black. >> he is drop out the race. >> jimmy: how many of you are planning to vote? >> we all are. >> jimmy: you all are? >> you're not? >> i can't right now. due to circumstances. in a couple years, i'll be all right. >> jimmy: so, mitt's not worried about you? >> nah. >> jimmy: quick show of hands. how many of you are mormon? really? [ laughter ] so, mitt romney said that his personal vice is chocolate milk. does that make you feel -- is that something? >> no, not at all. >> most black people are lactose intolerant. so, that's not even going to work. >> jimmy: is that true? >> it's very true. >> jimmy: really? what percent would you guess? >> show of hands. >> jimmy: black-tose intolerant? if you will. >> that's good. >> jimmy: you guys have nicknames, right? >> yeah. >> jimmy:
MSNBC
Dec 6, 2012 2:00am PST
of continuing tax breaks for the wealthy, the obama administration is willing to go over this cliff which means they're willing to let your taxes go up and unemployment checks go away massive spending cuts happen if the pentagon instead of continuing the tax breaks for the wealthy. now there's been very little progress here on chiapitol hill which is why so many have gone home. we know that president obama and john boehner spoke by phone. republican sources telling us they had a conversation yesterday. we don't have a readout on what that was about. we don't know that if any meetings have been scheduled. but any small sign of progress is welcome here on capitol hill. now with so many lawmakers headed home and likely to face the ire of their constituents, we saw one protester in baltimore yesterday over social security. there are a few left. today there's a joint economic committee hearing. they're going to hear from a top economist not only about the jobs numbers coming out tomorrow but also about what can be done to avoid this issue at the end of the year. >> tracie potts for us in washington.
KRON
Dec 7, 2012 4:00am PST
to push for a plan to extend tax cuts to all but the top 2 percent of earners. obama will be visiting the northern virginia home of tiffany and richard santana. the president says that every day that passes without a solution to the fiscal problem creates more stress and uncertainty for american families. the santana's say that the tax increase would amount to two months' rent or their family. >> a new poll for the associated press vice president about approval ratings are high but americans are divided on what kind of president he has bed. obama approval rating stands at 57%, the highest since the raid that killed osama bin live in. 37 percent say obama has been above average are outstanding while 26 percent say he's been below average. another 25 percent say he's just average. >> the 2012 presidential election has become the most expensive in history. the election of the 2 million billion dollar mark in its final weeks. mitt romney raised nearly $86 million in fund raising in the elections last weeks. the final push brought the romney campaign total to more than $1 billion. final to
CBS
Dec 5, 2012 4:00am PST
of these lawmakers, the countdown to the fiscal cliff. a series of tax increases and spending cuts due to kick in at the end the year. >> god bless us, everyone. >> reporter: speaker boehner offered the republican proposal this week and now he faces opposition from president obama. >> the speaker's proposal is out of balance. >> reporter: some in his own party are lining up against him. jim demint a tea party leader said speaker boehner's $800 billion tax hike will destroy american jobs and allow politicians in washington to spend even more. disagreements among republicans and democrats here on capitol hill is nothing new, but tuesday a republican aide told us the two sides aren't even talking. not surprisingly the white house disagrees. >> i can guarantee you conversations continue at different levels. and among different groups. >> reporter: both parties are ready to play the blame game in case negotiations fail. >> there's only one person out of 370 million americans who can sign something into law and that's the president. >> 60% of americans are asking the wealthy to pay more. >> reporter
MSNBC
Dec 6, 2012 3:00am PST
are reportedly considering is to accept tax cuts for the middle class, allow rates to go up for the wealthiest, and then start the fight over again during debt limit talks early next year. yesterday at a business roundtable of ceos, president obama took a hard line, warning his opponents not to consider this strategy. >> if congress in any way suggests that they're going to tie negotiations to dell creting votes and take us to the brink of default once again as part of a budget negotiation, which, by the way, we have never done in our history until we did it last year, i will not play that game. >> well, i wonder, the president's saying, steve, that, you know what, we can raise rates now and maybe lower them later next year so republicans are now saying we can raise rates now. maybe we'll lower them later and we'll talk about it during the debt ceiling. now he's saying no, we're not going to talk about it then either. when would we have this debate when we were renaming post offices in july? can you clarify something for people that are watching? republicans are talking about raising taxes on
ABC
Dec 6, 2012 2:35am EST
for president obama's position in the standoff with congressional republicans. >> the new associated press poll find 48% of americans want tax cuts for wealthy to expire. and it says more people want to cut government services than raise taxes to reduce the federal deficit. >> if the nation goes over the cliff at the end of the year it is going to affect everyone including the unemployed as abc's jonathan karl reports. >> reporter: melinda vega has been put on notice. if congress and the president don't get their act together, her unemployment checks will stop immediately at the end of the year. >> we're dependent on that money to pay the bills. she has been what a job for a year. her $450 a week unemployment check her life line. >> we won't be able to pay some of our bills and, i mean, you know, that's for christmas and things of that nature, probably off the table. >> reporter: she is not alone. without a deal, unemployment compensation will end for more than 2 million people out of work more than 26 weeks. many of the unemployed started receiving the news this week from prerecorded phone cal
CNN
Dec 10, 2012 2:00am PST
the fiscal cliff. in 22 days we go over that edge. that's when sweeping tax hikes and spending cuts kick in unless a deal gets done. after 23 days without uttering a word to each other face-to-face, that is, president obama and house speaker john boehner sat down at the white house yesterday. they talked. so let's bring in brianna keilarment she is live in washington. so congress is scheduled to break for the holidays later this week. where do we go from here? how are these talks? >> we don't know. that's the thing. we know they spoke. in fact, it's somewhat remarkable that both the white house and speaker boehner's office put out statements simply saying that the two men had spoken. the lines of communication are open. and they were the same verbatim. that is something you can look at as some progress, perhaps. certainly it is promising may be the better way to put it. there is coordination there. they seem to be talking in good faith, trying to keep, i guess, their cards very close to the vest. and that is something that maybe is seen as promising. again, there is no word on actual pro
CNN
Dec 5, 2012 2:00am PST
in today for john berman. >> and i'm zoraida sambolin. >>> up first, president obama standing his ground over the fight in the fiscal cliff. americans face crushing tax hikes and severe spending cuts in 27 days if democrats and republicans cannot come together on a deal. by the way, congress breaks for the holidays in ten days. slash that number. in an interview with bloomberg news, the president made it crystal clear he's not about to blink on the issue of tax hikes for the wealthiest americans. >> we'll have to see the rates on the top 2% go up. and we're not going to be able to get a deal without it. >> white house correspondent dan lothian joins us live from washington this morning. very nice to see you, dan. >> good to see you. >> here's the deal. we have republicans pitted against democrats. now we understand there are issues amongst republicans as well. >> that's right. they're in a tough spot here. they don't want to be in left in a position of being blamed for the fiscal cliff. you're seeing a division between house members and senate members. the reason for this is mainly over
FOX News
Dec 5, 2012 2:00pm PST
in washington. the big story is order from the obama administration to pentagon to get ready for sequestration. tonight on "special report," for the first time, the defense department and other agencies are told to start planning for massive spending cuts that will automatically kick in, if a budget deal is not reached. we take look at what the specific cuts would do to the nation's defense capabilities. you heard a lot lately about possibly curtailing tax deductions as a way to raise revenue the president said republicans want to eliminate charitable deductions. we'll see if it's true to get the latest on the cliff negotiations. president and speaker boehner talked today by phone. syrian president bashar assad sent an envoy to several latin american nation to scout location for asylum. special senators from at 6:00 eastern. back to my colleagues with "the five." ♪ ♪ >> kimberly: treb story of the homeless man given boots from cop on cold night in new york city last month? it turns out he is not hom homeless. jeffrey and the nypd officer became internet sensations after a photographer snap
CSPAN
Dec 5, 2012 1:00pm EST
the same. you hear in the newspaper all the time, mr. speaker, the bush tax cuts. i don't know that that has meaning anymore. in 2001 and 2003 we did do some dramatic changes to tax policy. president obama extended all of those changes in 2010. that's the law of the land still today. tax policy has been exactly the same over this continuum. what has changed, mr. speaker, what has changed is the spending. the reason deficits have grown not one, not two, not three but almost four times larger than the previous record deficit in american history is not because tax policy has changed, it hasn't. it's because federal spending policy has changed. and that's what we have to get our arms around here in this body. what i show going forward, mr. speaker, put a little square around the annual budget deficits that have been run during the first four years of the obama administration, but i also project what the congressional budget office believes, that's a nonpartisan budget planning group we have here on capitol hill, what they believe is in store for us in the future if we continue unde
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